Articles & Journals dealing with Oral History

"Oral History" is a method within the History Studies in which face-to-face interviews are conducted with surviving witnesses or verbal sources are analysed and evaluated. It provides us with a different perspective of the past and gives people a voice who would otherwise not have been heard.

Bonsu, Osei-Agyemang und Thatcher, Melvin P.: African Oral Genealogy: Collecting and Preserving Yesterday for Tomorrow [pdf]   english

In this article, the authors give a brief overview of the work done by the Oral Genealogy Programmes of the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU). The GSU collects information on the genealogy of ethnic groups in West Africa. More than 300 people were interviewed and comprehensive genealogic information was gathered, in some cases spanning 13 generations.

Denis, Phillipe: Oral History: An African Art? [pdf]   english

This article, published in the Archives News (vol. 1/2007, p. 39ff.) of the National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, considers the practices and methodologies regarding oral history and the peculiarities which have to be taken into account in South Africa. The article is based on the experiences of the Sinomlando Centre for Oral History and Memory Work in Africa.

Du Bruyn, Derek: Oral history: The key to unlocking our community history   english

In this article, Derek du Bruyn (head of the Bloemfontein Records Centre) underlines the importance of oral history for dealing with local history in South Africa. He emphasises the role of archives and libraries, both of which can also use oral history methods for outreach programmes.

History Workshop: Oral History. A guide for educators [doc]   english

In this guideline for educators on the practical application of oral history in schools, compiled by the History Workshop of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Moss, William & Mazikana, Peter: Archives, oral history and oral tradition   english

An article by William W. Moss and Peter Mazikana, where a discussion on archives, oral tradition and oral history, as well as a compilation of guidelines on applying oral history, are all presented.